Gorgeous Alpaca Wool

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Alpaca is a very cute animal that lives on the territory of the Peruvian Andes. Today, there are two types of animals: Alpaca Wakaya – the most common species, similar to a small fluffy bear and

Alpaca Suri. The latter species is more rare. His coat is considered the highest quality, and therefore valuable.

Many thousands of years ago, these animals were tamed by the inhabitants of the South American Andes. Ancient Incas were able to appreciate the fur of these animals for their unique properties and noble color. This wool was even their local currency.

Among the Incas, only tall women wore alpaca wool. But the new inhabitants of South America, the Spaniards who came from Europe, brought sheep with them, and they immediately underestimated the alpaca. And only after almost four centuries, the former popularity of alpaca returned. Since the 80s of the last century, animals have become seriously interested. Today, Peru is the largest supplier of alpaca wool. Read more

What Kind of Animal is Alpaca

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Alpaca (Latin: Vicugna pacos) is a home-made mazolenoe animal, descended from vicuna. They are bred in the highlands of South America (Andes). They live in the Andes at an altitude of 3,500-5,000 meters, in Ecuador, southern Peru, northern Chile and western Bolivia.

About 6000 years ago, the Mochik Indians domesticated alpacas and began to breed them. Images of alpacas are widespread in their culture.

In nature, there are two types of alpacas: Huacaya (Wakaya) and Suri (Suri). Animals differ only in the appearance of their fur. Wakaya is the most numerous and in appearance resembles a teddy bear. In most cases, it is her who is meant under the name “alpaca”. Suri’s hair dangles with long pigtails.

Suri is the rarest (only about 120 thousand alpacas – 5%) and valuable (2 times more expensive than Wakaya) alpaca species.

Compared to Wakaya, the Suri fleece consists of longer and thinner fibers (19-25 microns) – these are uniform and thick curls, straight along the entire length and slightly curled at the ends, they do not contain core hair that reduces the quality of the rune. Suri wool is particularly soft and graceful. In ancient times, it was used in clothes exclusively of royalty. Read more